The Birmingham Mail is among the sources to suggest that Tottenham winger Andros Townsend is a target for Aston Vila, with Tim Sherwood’s side considering a move which could be worth around the £15 million mark.
It would seem to be a great piece of business for the club if they can pull it off, but it will be interesting to see how Sherwood fits him into the side with someone like Scott Sinclair, who was among the very first of Sherwood’s permanent signing.
Could Townsend and Sinclair play together?
Sinclair has played down the left hand side of Aston Villa’s midfield, Townsend’s stronger side, but there’s no reason why the Tottenham man couldn’t be effective on the other flank.
He does have experience of cutting in from the right hand side if Sherwood wants to use a system with inverted wingers, players coming inside with the full-backs overlapping down each side of the pitch.
Sinclair and Townsend also have the potential and intelligence to be able to switch in games, reverting to natural flanks and sticking out wide to try and get some service into the strikers.
Pace is key
They both have pace to burn, which suggests they would each be better if confined to wider areas.
Villa operating with a striker like Rudy Gestede through the middle means they are under pressure to get wide and get service into the box, giving the forward something to attack.
That pace will also be important when Aston Villa counter attack, though they each need to work hard on improving the defensive elements of their game to give the team a better chance of absorbing pressure.
Obstacles to overcome
It’s not a foregone conclusion that Townsend will become a Villa player according to the paper.
Sherwood has to convince him that Villa is a better place for him to play his football and the club’s need to work out a deal, which won’t be easy considering Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s usual stubbornness to hold out for top cash whenever he sells someone.